New polling data illustrate that the more American parents of school-aged children are exposed to the new Common Core education standards, the more they oppose the education overhaul.
A Rasmussen telephone survey conducted over the weekend found that just 34 percent of American parents with children in elementary or secondary school favor policies requiring all of the Nation’s schools to meet the Federal Common Core standards. The approval rate is down 18 points from 52 percent of members of the same group supporting Common Core implementation in November.
Forty-seven percent of the parents who participated in the Rasmussen poll oppose Common Core and 19 percent remain undecided.
In an interview with Breitbart, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research director Jim Stergios said that the falling poll numbers are the result of Americans learning things about the educational standards that were intentionally hushed by Common Core proponents.
“Common Core proponents always banked on stealth — on keeping parents from knowing about the Core until it was too late,” Stergios told Breitbart education reporter Susan Berry. “When that didn’t work, they paid for push polls to fabricate a sense of popular support.”
“What’s important about the Rasmussen poll is it’s the first high-quality poll done on the question of support for Common Core,” he added. “And what it tells us is unsurprising: The more people learn about the mediocre quality, the unfunded mandates and the questionable legality of the Core, the less they like it.”
A separate survey conducted by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice also found that a majority of those asked disapprove of the standards by a margin of 49 percent to 44 percent who support the standards.
While the Friedman “Schooling in America” survey showed a smaller gap between support and disapproval, it provides the added knowledge that more Americans strongly oppose the standards (33 percent) than strongly support them (12 percent).